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Friday, December 3, 2010


Spaghetti is served with meatballs in many Italian restaurants and is considered a great combo and there are kids meals with spaghetti and meatballs in the menu.
An emblem of Italian cuisine, spaghetti is frequently served with tomato sauce, which may contain various herbs (especially oregano, and basil), olive oil, meat, or vegetables. Other spaghetti preparations include using Bolognese sauce, alfredo and carbonara. Grated hard cheeses, such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan, and Asiago cheese, are often added. But since we are vegetarians and the strictest to the order, talking about meatballs would be something I think most readers to my blog would raise an eyebrow for, but the meatballs here are purely vegetarian, made of soya which is not only highly nutririous but also has high protein content
Soya chunks -2 cups
Onion - 1 (medium)
Tandoori Masala Powder – 1 tbsp
Red chili powder -1 tsp
Coriander powder -1 tsp
Cumin powder -1 tsp
Garam masala -1 tsp
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Corainder leaves for garnish
Lemon - 1
Boil soya chunks for about 5 minutes with salt. Drain by passing through a colander. Rinse in cold water and then squeeze the soya chunks to remove the water. Take a big bowl. Add the soya chunks, then add Tandoori masala powder (you can make it fresh, click on the link recipe in my blog)
Aerial view of the spaghetti & meatballs platter
or you can buy it from the market (It is available in India stores) & salt. Squeeze one lemon and mix well. The soya chunks must get completely coated. Allow to marinate for about half an hour to one hour. You can even marinate it overnight in the refrigerator. The longer it marinates the tastier it gets. You can set it for marinating one day earlier or keep some marinated balls in a ziplock bag and place it in the freezer and as and when you want you can fry some. After marinating…the next step is, in a wok take some oil and deep fry the soya chunks as shown in the picture. It should be a nice reddish-golden color. (The tandoori masala powder imparts the color to the soya balls). Remove and set on Kitchen towel to drain excess oil. Once all the soya chunks are deep fried, get ready to serve your spaghetti with soyaballs meal. 
Place the amount of spaghetti you want on the plate, Place some soya balls on the side. And top it all up with some homemade Pasta Sauce.(I will give you the recipe later) You can also serve with grated Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano on the side and a sprig of parsley or coriander leaf(whichever is easily available). Dunk into a wonderful meal which can be prepared in less than 15 minutes(without including the marinating time for the soyaballs). 


  1. This looks so very appetising...have to try this one.Lovely pics.

  2. Slurp, thats a very interesting and filling dish..

  3. wow.. i love the Indianised version and the addition of soy chunks.. sure they look very tempting.

  4. I loveee soyachunks.. Bookmarked this dear :)

  5. Hi Sukanya,

    Nice idea to add soya chunks and make them in to vegetarian meatalls. It makes it a whole lot healthier!!!



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